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Boakai Resists Gay Marriage, Embraces FGM

January 18, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has for the first time openly frowned on calls to legalize same-sex marriage and abolish Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Liberia.Gay rights campaigners, allegedly backed by some western governments in 2013, stepped up a campaign asking the National Legislature to pass same-sex marriage legislation and decriminalize said practice.Campaigners had also advocated that rights be given to individuals who want to be in same-sex relationships, marry and have family.However, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend, Vice President Boakai stated: “We have not reached a point where we can appreciate gay marriage [in Liberia].”“I’m an African, a Liberian and a Christian. I have not gotten to the point where I will appreciate same-sex marriage and I am not going to be shy about it, let me be frank about that. It is a difficult thing for me because I have not come close to anything that will make me settle for that — not to mention my own religious background as a Christian.”However, the VP was quick to add that maybe some Christians are involved in same-sex marriage but from his Christian orientation, he added: “It’s a hard stuff for me to swallow.”Liberia’s Deputy President further kicked against the practice, stressing that Biblical teachings do not encourage such, and so Africans and Christians should as well resist this ugly practice.He intoned that any laws supporting this practice will certainly not meet his approval.Meanwhile, the Vice President at the same time embraced the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) stating that there are some positive things that need to be learned.He described FGM as a “sticky and an age-old tradition” that cannot be abolished overnight.The Vice President said regardless of international protocols and treaties, the practice of a tradition should not be outrightly rejected.“Let us understand what may be reasonable to us because of treaties; we should believe that when we make decisions we have to know how those decisions impact our people.”They might not have been educated to a certain desirable level; we need to educate our people. There might be certain things that we are doing that need to be amended. There are some dangers about it that we need to educate our people about and show them the causes and effects (of these dangers). We cannot just get up and say everything that is placed on our table, we will go along with, whether or not a majority of our people are on board. I think this is an issue that needs a referendum but with proper education to show our people the causes and effects,” Mr. Boakai repeated.He was quick to note that no single government or leadership “should just put a pen through it and say we should not practice it, we should consider the impact it will have on our people.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BFF Wants Schools Reopened

January 18, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_imgBFF’s Augustine Arkoi: “Liberians have been victims of ‘deliberate politics and policies’ of socioeconomic marginalization…’Better Future Foundation, BFF, has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to reopen all learning institutions from kindergarten to university levels throughout the country.In a statement issued in Monrovia over the weekend, BFF president, Rev. Augustine Arkoi, criticized the indefinite closure of schools nationwide by the government under the pretext of the fight against Ebola, according to him, while video clubs and other entertainment centers remain fully operational.It added that such approach defeats the intents and purposes of the Liberian government’s declared war against the Ebola outbreak in the country.He pointed out that the current approach by the Government in the war against the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease without a well-defined containment plan, coupled with the abrupt imposition of a State of Emergency and a curfew being enforced by armed military and paramilitary forces are causing more harms than good to the country and its people.BFF, in the statement, signed by its president, Arkoi, also called for reevaluation of the current approach being carried out by the National Ebola Taskforce, describing it as “reactionary” as it has made little or no tangible positive impacts in the fight against Ebola in Liberia. “Government must reevaluate the State of Emergency and the Curfew and establish a clear roadmap in its fight against Ebola, otherwise the situation would create more unanticipated problems for the country,” BFF emphasized.“The Closure of schools as well as placing restriction on school authorities from conducting registration exercises and prohibiting them from engaging in capacity building training for teachers and school administrators by the government is not a Smart Way of combating the Ebola Virus Disease in the country. We, as a country and people, cannot successfully eliminate Ebola Virus Disease in the face of mass illiteracy,” BFF maintained.“Schools should not be closed while video clubs are operational.  Instead learning institutions should be used to create more awareness and education in the minds of students from grade school to colleges and universities relative to the dangers of the Ebola virus and its preventive methods,” BFF furthered.According to BFF, the halting of learning opportunities for students throughout the country is not only counterproductive to the fight against Ebola but also inimical to national growth and development.BFF is a local-based NGO that is dedicated to the rebuilding of post-war Liberia; and promotes socioeconomic, international cultural understanding and cooperation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

May 30th Community Events Photos

January 12, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_imgSpectators begin to fill up the bleachers as the first race starts at the Stock Car Races.                                                                                                  Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – The Move Dance Centre Spring Recital gets ready for its afternoon showing at the North Peace Cultural Centre.                                                                                     Picture: Amber Davy The Stock Car Races took place this weekend in Taylor at the Taylor Speedway.                                                                                            Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

Man City break Sh66 billion income barrier

January 6, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has overseen a transformation in the club’s fortunes on and off the field © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – English champions Manchester City posted record revenues of Sh66 billion (£500.5 million) in a record-breaking 2017/18 campaign on the pitch as Pep Guardiola’s men romped to the Premier League title amassing 100 points.City reported profits of £10.4million, a fourth consecutive year of profitability, with wages to revenue ratio falling to 52 percent. “Our journey is not complete and we have more targets to fulfil,” said chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, who recently celebrated a decade since an Abu Dhabi-backed takeover of the club transformed City’s fortunes.“There should be no doubt that we are looking forward to the challenges of the new season and those beyond it with equal commitment and determination to the 10 seasons that came before.”Before Sheikh Mansour’s takeover, City’s revenue was a mere £87 million for the 2007/08 season.Huge losses of over £584 million followed during the first six years of their ownership due to massive investment in the playing squad and facilities, including the £200 million Etihad Campus training ground.However, surging television revenues, commercial sponsors and regular Champions League football mean that City now trail only local rivals Manchester United and European powerhouses Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for income, according to football finance specialists Deloitte.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img1 Sylvain Distin has signed a one-year deal with Premier League new boys Bournemouth.The 37-year-old defender joins the Cherries on a free transfer having left Everton following the expiry of his contract.Distin made more than 200 appearances for the Toffees, and also spent spells in the Premier League with Manchester City, Portsmouth and Newcastle United.The experienced Frenchman is the Cherries’ sixth signing this summer, joining Tyrone Mings, Artur Boruc, Adam Federici, Joshua King and Christian Atsu in linking up with Eddie Howe’s side.Boss Howe told Cherries Player: “I see Sylvain playing a similar role to the one Ian Harte played.“Off the pitch, he is someone the younger players can turn to in times when they need to speak to someone who has seen it and done it.“Ian was invaluable to us in that respect last season and the season before when he had experience in the Championship and no one else had.“Sylvain now takes on that role and on the pitch I still think he has a huge amount to offer.“He still has his athleticism and is technically very good. We are very pleased to have him.”Distin holds the record for the most appearances made by a foreign outfield player in the Premier League, with his current total standing at 457.last_img read more

first_img latest 5 gameday cracker BEST OF whoops getty revealed ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST PAYBACK 5 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 5 Everton could make a move for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy in January he remains frustrated at the King Power Stadium. Vardy was on the bench for the club’s 1-1 draw with West Ham despite declaring himself fit. (Sunday Mirror)Tottenham will re-open contract talks with midfielder Christian Eriksen. The Denmark international is reported to want around £160,000 a week and is interesting Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. (Sun on Sunday) Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Manchester City are set to beat Tottenham to the signing of Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is also interesting Barcelona. (Daily Star Sunday)Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Juventus coach Max Allegri have been identified as candidates to take over from Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager next year. (Sunday Express)DC United’s former England striker Wayne Rooney will turn down any offers to return to the Premier League during the MLS off-season. The 33-year-old’s stunning form has led DC United to the play-offs. (Sunday Mirror) Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City scrap Wayne Rooney has been in sensational form for DC United Juventus are keen to bring Paul Pogba back to the club and could make a move for him as soon as the January transfer window opens. (Tuttosport, via Mail on Sunday) Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi says the club will no longer allow the contracts of key players to enter the final year. (Sunday Telegraph)Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has refused to rule a move out to former club Arsenal when his contract runs out at the end of the season. (Sunday Express)Manchester United are willing to pay £60m for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire after a failed summer move. (Sun on Sunday) Here’s a round up of the latest news and rumours from Sunday’s newspapers and online… 5 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 West Ham are set to win the race to sign Atlanta United’s Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron in a £25m deal. The player is also a target for Arsenal and Tottenham. (Football.London)Arsenal could try to sign Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata if he leaves on a free transfer in the summer. (Daily Star Sunday) Most Popular Football News Claude Puel chats to defender Harry Maguire. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion tense Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Tottenham Hotspur and Denmark star Christian Eriksen 5 SORRY Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Napoli have said they will not listen to offers below £80m for Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne, who has been linked with Liverpool. (Gazetta dello Sport, via Inside Futbol)Former Tottenham midfielder Ossie Ardiles says his fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino has had offers to leave the club but does not want to go. (Football.London)last_img read more

first_imgGrace Schofield and Odessa Cody also return after notching 175 and 186 kills, respectively last season. Schofield is also the team’s returning leader in aces and is second in digs and her efforts last season helped the Bulldogs rank second in the Valley in aces and digs. Live Stats vs. Fullerton The Bulldogs begin their fifth season under head coach Darrin McBroom aiming to improve upon last year’s 17-15 record that was the program’s best record since 2010 and the team’s first winning campaign in six years. The Bulldogs eight MVC wins were also the team’s most since 2010. Live Stats vs. UCR Live Stats vs. Bryant The Drake University volleyball team begins its 2017 season this weekend with four matches in two days at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Tournament. The Bulldogs begin play Friday at 4 p.m. CDT against Bryant, followed by a 9:30 p.m. CDT match against the host, Cal State Fullerton. The tournament continues Saturday with a 4 p.m. CDT match against Farleigh Dickinson and a 9:30 p.m. CDT contest against UC Riverside.center_img Leading the Bulldogs’ hopeful charge into the top half of the league are six student-athletes that made significant contributions in 2016, including senior and three-year starter Kyla Inderski. Last season, Inderski recorded 400 kills, the eighth most ever by a Bulldog in a season, for a 3.31 kills per set average. She enters this season with 1,044 career kills to rank seventh all-time in Drake history. She also ranks seventh all-time in digs at Drake with 1,058 and is just the fourth Bulldog ever to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Earlier this month, the Bulldogs were picked sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason coaches poll, the team’s highest preseason ranking under McBroom in the always competitive MVC. Last season, the MVC was one of seven leagues to earn three or more NCAA bids, joining the Big Ten (8), Pac 12 (8), Big 12 (6), SEC (4), ACC (3), and Mountain West (3). Story Links The Bulldogs also added one of the top recruiting classes in the Missouri Valley Conference and earned honorable mention honors from PrepVolleyball.com for their recruiting efforts. Joining the Bulldogs in 2017 will be Oklahoma transfer Cathryn Cheek as well as highly touted signees Natalie Fry, Gillian Gergen, Hannah McCarthy, and Emily Plock.Following the Cal State Fullerton Titan Classic, the team will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., the following weekend for the JMU Invitational. Print Friendly Version Live Stats vs. FDU last_img read more

first_imgSOCCER: Finn Harps title ambitions have been dealt a blow after league leaders Wexford Youths earned a crucial win over UCD in Ferrycarrig earlier this evening. A late goal from Shane Dunne secured all three points and ensures that Wexford now go SEVEN points clear with just FOUR games left to play.Two more wins will secure the league title for Wexford, but they will face UCD again next week in Dublin.It looks likely that Harps will have to reach the Premier Division via the play-off route. There likely opponents will be UCD who currently occupy third position in the league.Harps play Cobh Ramblers in Cork next Saturday before they host UCD the following Friday at Finn Park.There will be plenty of twists and turns in the run-in but it will take a Wexford collapse now in the final four matches for Harps to have any hopes of gaining automatic promotion by winning the league.  HARPS TITLE HOPES HIT AS WEXFORD WIN CRUCIAL MATCH AGAINST UCD was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny Institute of Technology will host an exciting coding event this weekend, with young people aged 7-17 invited to take part in a day of fun tech workshops.LYIT is one of five third level institutions from across Ireland taking part in ‘DojoMór’ – Ireland National’s coding event for children and teenagers aged 7-17 years. Third level institutes in Cork, Tralee, Dundalk, Letterkenny and Maynooth are each hosting a DojoMór this year in campuses across the country on Saturday 12 October.  With support from the Higher Education Authority, they are teaming up with CoderDojos from across Ireland and inviting young people aged from 7-17 to learn to code games, websites, electronic kits and more as well as see and hear what cool technology companies are doing and using. The number of young people participating will be bigger than ever, and is open to young people with an interest in all things coding and fun!DojoMórThis year, organisers are predicting over 5,000 young people will participate across the country in the DojoMór 2019. With an ethos of accessibility at its core, CoderDojo Ireland are proud to announce that all computers and equipment required will be provided, to encourage young people who may not have access to computers to also attend. Sessions on offer from LYIT on the day will be in Scratch, Python, Swift and Mobile App development. There will be session options for complete newbies as well as those looking for more challenging activities.  For more information on the event and to book your place at LYIT’s DojoMór visit at the Letterkenny campus visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dojomor-letterkenny-it-tickets-73939138955Techy kids invited to get coded into DojoMór fun day was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:codingdojomorLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITSTEMTechnologylast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — Stephen Curry was smiling when he walked off the court and laughing in the locker room.Draymond Green thought it prudent to go tell Drake what he really thought after the final buzzer and he walked into his post-game press conference beaming.Andre Iguodala was cracking jokes in his media scum — giving “Kawhi Leonard” answers to questions he didn’t deem worthy of a long response.The Warriors might be down one of the greatest players in NBA history and now down 1-0 in these NBA …last_img